- Tickets for the 16th Annual BASH are now on sale! To purchase online, visit: give.marcuscenter.org/BASH2021
- To purchase tickets over the phone, please call 414-502-7206.
Join us at the Marcus Center’s 16th Annual BASH, presented by Johnson Financial Group, on June 25, 2021, for a one-of-a-kind arts and culture fundraising event, featuring great food, an exclusive performance from Broadway favorite Norm Lewis, and more! With your support, the Marcus Center can fulfill its mission to act as an energizing force that connects our community to the world through collaboration, innovation, social engagement, and the transformative power of live performing arts.
As part of the BASH, civic leader Martha Love, noted Epidemiologist Dr. Laura Cassidy, and Greater Milwaukee philanthropies Donald & Donna Baumgartner will be honored.
This annual gala is a signature fundraising event benefiting the Marcus Center’s performing arts experiences that serve hundreds of thousands in Southeastern Wisconsin each year.
Tickets for the 16th Annual BASH on sale NOW!
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are structuring the event this year with the option for both in-person and virtual attendance. A city-approved safety plan adhering to local and CDC guidelines will be in place to ensure an enjoyable, safe, and socially-distanced event for all guests.
Join us as a partner for the 16th Annual Bash! Your support as a Marcus Center Partner will fund access to the arts in our community, influence audience diversity, and create investment in the cultural landscape of our region.
Funding opportunities are available at a variety of levels. For more information, download our partnership overview or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORM LEWIS can currently be seen starring in the SAG, Critic's Choice, and NAACP Image Award-nominated Netflix film "Da 5 Bloods" by Spike Lee and in the Hulu miniseries, Mrs. America. He was previously seen in the NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” alongside John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Alice Cooper. He recently appeared in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island and as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Barrow Street Theatre, receiving the AUDELCO Award for his performance. In May of 2014, he made history as The Phantom of the Opera’s first African American Phantom on Broadway.
He has been seen on PBS in the Live From Lincoln Center productions of Showboat with Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis: Who Am I?, and New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration with Diane Reeves, as well as American Voices with Renée Fleming and the PBS Special First You Dream – The Music of Kander & Ebb. He can be seen recurring in the VH1 series, Daytime Divas, also alongside Vanessa Williams. His additional television credits include Better Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bull, Chicago Med, Gotham, The Blacklist, and Blue Bloods, as well as in his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on the hit drama Scandal.
Mr. Lewis is a proud founding member of Black Theatre United, an organization which stands together to help protect Black people, Black talent and Black lives of all shapes and orientations in theatre and communities across the country. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who’s Tommy. In London’s West End he has appeared as Javert in Les Misérables and Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS.
Off-Broadway Mr. Lewis has performed in Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous, and A New Brain. His regional credits include Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd, and The Fantasticks.
His additional film credits include Magnum Opus, Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences, and Preaching to the Choir.
Norm's albums "The Norm Lewis Christmas Album" & "This is The Life" can be found on Amazon.com as well as cdbaby.com. Photo Credit: Peter Hurley
Tickets for the 16th Annual BASH are now on sale! To purchase online, visit give.marcuscenter.org/BASH2021
To purchase tickets over the phone, please call 414-502-7206.
The Marcus Center is proud to present the annual iMPACt Awards, celebrating community leaders who have made noteworthy contributions benefiting the cultural landscape of the community.
VISIONARY iMPACt AWARD
Donald & Donna Baumgartner
The Visionary iMPACt Award is presented to individuals who exemplify an inspired, creative vision for arts and culture in our region. At this year's BASH, the Marcus Center will celebrate Greater Milwaukee philanthropists Donald & Donna Baumgartner's commitment to developing and enhancing the arts in Milwaukee for all.
DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP AWARD
Dr. Laura Cassidy
The Dynamic Leadership Award recognizes individuals who contribute outstanding leadership to the artistic community, contributing toward growth while embracing change. MPAC is proud to present this year's Dynamic Leadership Award to noted Epidemiologist Dr. Laura Cassidy for the invaluable leadership and service she has provided to the arts sector during the pandemic.
COMMUNITY LEGACY AWARD
The Community Legacy Award honors individuals who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to bettering the region through the spirit of giving. Civic leader Martha Love will be presented with the Community Legacy Award for her long-standing dedication to the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Marcus Center.
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